Mashups allow viewing and sharing of media content from external web sites. Currently, these websites include:
- Flickr Photo: A Mashup that includes a link to a site for viewing and sharing photographic images.
- Slideshare Presentation: A Mashup that includes a link to a site for viewing and sharing slide presentations and documents.
- Youtube Video: A Mashup that includes a link to a site for viewing and sharing online videos.
- xpLor Content: A Mashup that allows faculty to share and collaborate on learning objects with colleagues at local institutions or across the globe .
- Ensemble: A Mashup that includes a link to a local on-campus video repository for viewing and sharing online videos securely.
- lynda.com: A mashup that includes a link to lynda.syr.edu for incorporating lynda.com videos into the course for student viewing.
Mashups can be added as course content through any Content Area or added through the Text-Box Editor located through a Blackboard course. Adding a Mashup into a Content Area makes it a part of the course information that faculty members present to users for viewing. Adding a Mashup using the Text-Box Editor means that faculty members can put Mashups in a variety of places where users can interact with the content, such as in test questions, Discussion Boards, and Blogs.
Mashups can be displayed in the following ways:
- Embedded Presentation: The Mashup displays directly on the page when a student opens the item.
- Thumbnail: A small picture of the Mashup displays on the page with controls to launch it.
- Text Link with Player: A link to the Mashup is displayed on the page. Students click the link to launch the Mashup.